By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 30, 2024 at 10:02 AM

It's officially time to make room – in both your schedule and stomach – for Downtown Dining Week, which will take place starting today (Thursday, May 30) through Thursday, June 6.

The festival of feasting allows diners to chow down on a fixed selection of lunch and dinner options at special prices ($15 or $25 for lunch and $35, $45 or $55 for dinner) from a wide variety of restaurants. Discounted parking for diners will also be available. Participating lots and instructions for redeeming the discount can be found at

Among this year's palate-pleasing participants are:

Dining Week menus for all participating venues are available online. Be sure to make reservations whenever possible and tip generously.

Guests who support restaurants during the event are also eligible to win one of four $400 in dining gift certificates by filling out a survey about their dining experience(s) by Monday, June 10. Four winners will be randomly selected.

For more information, visit Downtown Dining Week.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.